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Unethical business practices harm organizations and economies. Large-scale business failures such as Enron—as well as the more recent failures related to the global financial crisis—highlight the consequences of unethical business practices and amoral management. Professional accountants, as stewards of transparency and trust, and subject to a professional code of ethics, have a key role to play not only in upholding but in encouraging and influencing ethical behavior and decision making within their organizations. Read More
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The economic crisis, LIBOR and energy price fixing scandals, the miss-selling of financial products like PPI, ‘aggressive’ tax avoidance and consumer product complaints have all contributed to a crisis of confidence in business.
CEOs with high marks for character had higher average return on assets. That’s nearly five times as much as what those with low character ratings had.
Ethical behaviour is not always best defined within the confines of the law.
What does Confidentiality actually mean and why is it important in a professional or business environment?
Clear support for reducing the scope of tax avoidance globally continues to be expanded by austerity budgets, increased public awareness, and, above all, tighter regulatory environments. As a result, long-term shareholder value is at risk for companies engaging in aggressive tax minimisation.
Provides an analysis of the impact of a range of corrupt practices on economic growth and development in four key sectors: utilities and infrastructure, extractive industries, health and education.
As much as accountants would like to do the right thing, in reality, they may face pressure from others in their companies to breach ethical principles.
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